Feb 2, 2013 12:30pm PST
period of growth at about 2% or something like that. the old die namism we used to get it is not coming back. >> the fed is $85 billion a month, 3 trillion added in,. >> reading that in. >> five straight trillion dollar deficits and we are at 2%. >> you are plunging me into deeper depression. >> i have a lot more confidence in american ingenuity. before the internet came on the scene, pat had gloom and doom then. something will happen. >> what do you think and why? >> we are sort of keeping toward a decline as pat was saying. we are not in a double dip recession. but we are so vulnerable it would only take one big event to knock us into that. the real unemployment rate supposedly around 11% if you use people who need a job not just those participate. >> real number. >>> where is consumer confidence? >> it has dropped and one of the reasons is there has been a huge evaporation of wealth for the average american family. their single largest asset was their home equity. that is down 40 to 50%. a lot of people are being let out. no increases in wages. >> payroll taxes have gone up. >> have
Feb 9, 2013 12:30pm PST
. drones come in various shapes, sizes and weights. they are used for surveillance, disablement, and killing. and drones are increasingly ubiquitous. there are 64 drone bases spread across the united states alone, and the u.s. has other drone installations across the planet. africa is increasingly a drone base environment. a newly authorized site in the nation of niger will become the sixth u.s. drone base in africa, joining one in morocco, senegal, uganda, and a permanent one in djibouti. u.s. drone attacks ordered by obama have spiked particularly in yemen, somalia, afghanistan, and notably pakistan where over 360 drone strikes over the nine years, 2004 to 2013, have killed over 3,000 people. this data is not classified. and not even secret. but it is troubling. so troubling that the u.n. has just decided to launch an investigation on the impacts of drone strikes on thousands of civilians. question. will the u.n. human rights council rule that drone use violates international law do you think, pat buchanan? >> i don't think they l. if they do, john, it doesn't make any difference.
Feb 23, 2013 12:30pm PST
unemployment rate might tick up again. >> president obama used his bully pulpit this week to call on congress to avoid, get this, sequestration. that's washington nomenclature for automatic spending cuts due to go into effect on march 1, next friday. on that date, both military and domestic programs will feel the impact of the monumental $85 billion cuts slated for this year, 2013, alone. not only does the president condemn the cuts, but his administration is also sounding the alarm. first, the secretary of state. >> but in these days of the looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat, working to help other countries create order is strongest when america at least puts its own fiscal house in order, and that has to be now. >> next, the secretary of defense. >> members of congress need to understand that they were elected to protect the public, not to hurt the public. and i hope they will remember that as they hopefully work towards a resolution of this issue. >> the presiden
Feb 16, 2013 12:30pm PST
and dignity it used to have. he walks down that aisle and gets slaps and high fives. they should have had beyonce doing her number midway through it. >> every other president has walked down that aisle and i don't recall you complaining about it. >> it has lost dignity. >> ike and fdr didn't look like that. >> it is an american tradition and the fact the numbers were down is partly because people don't watch television like they used to. >> eleanor, how were obama's kneels son ratings -- neilsen ratings, the second lowest since they began taking measurement in 1993. the lowest since 2000 when bill you clinton's last drew an audience of 931.5 million. >> i think neilsen should start rating some of the social media sites and look at the exchanges between people who watched it. the american people who watched that and pick up portions that have, here our president is addressing concerns in their lives. i agree the big topics like the eu trade pac that is very important. but i don't think people in the country are listening for that. they are listening for all the little programs that the